MODERN medicine depends on the advances made by scientists working in the biomedical sciences. The term “biomedical science” refers to the study of normal life processes in humans, which provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of human disease. It also refers to a set of applied sciences applying portions of natural science or formal science or both to develop knowledge, interventions or technology of use in health care or public health.
In Malaysia, demand for highly skilled and competent biomedical scientists has grown tremendously to become a dynamic field of study. The government, through its Economic Transformation Programme, has placed the health care sector under its National Key Economic Areas (NKEA). By 2020, the Health care NKEA targets the sector to generate RM35.5bil in GNI (Gross National Income) and create 181,000 new jobs.
In tandem with the high demand and potential offered by biomedical sciences, the Management & Science University (MSU) is offering a three-year Bachelor’s degree programme in this field at the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences (FHLS). The programme introduces modern laboratory techniques and encourages students to relate what they have learnt in class with the latest development in this field. Through its curriculum, which integrates knowledge, attitude and skill components, the graduates are prepared to meet the challenging endeavour as professional biomedical scientists.
The field of biomedical sciences comprises five areas of study – medical microbiology, clinical virology, clinical epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and biomedical engineering.
A career in the biomedical science is challenging and dynamic with a long-term prospect in management, a consultant role, research, education and specialised laboratory work. Alternatively, biomedical science graduates can earn a living at insurance companies as a medical underwriter. They may also consider a career as academicians, imparting their specialised knowledge at tertiary institutions.
Extensive international collaborations with partner universities across the globe through the Global Mobility Programme (GMP) undertakings have significantly positioned MSU as an emerging institution within the region.
The programme provides international exposure through MSU’s partner universities in 40 countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, India and Indonesia. Students with Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), matriculation or recognised diplomas are eligible to enrol.
Lessons in theory and practical sessions will help them apply the knowledge gained at the university effectively. An added advantage is the complete infrastructure available at MSU, which provides a conducive study environment, while the participation of industry players in the course allows students to experience real working life.
For details regarding courses offered at MSU, contact the Counselling & Communications Department at 03-5521 6868.